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Research Associate, Addictions

King's College London - IoPPN

Location: London
Salary: £38,304 to £45,026 including London Weighting Allowance
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 25th March 2021
Closes: 20th April 2021
Job Ref: 019244

Denmark Hill Campus

We are looking for an experienced researcher to work as part of a UK team conducting a Realist Evaluation of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and Injecting Equipment Provision (IEP) services across the UK. The aim of the study is to understand the contextual factors that impact on the use and effectiveness (engagement, retention and harm reduction) of opiate substitution therapy and needle and syringe service provision models for high-risk people who inject drugs in the UK as well as the cost of provision of these models. The study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment Program and is being led by The University of Dundee in collaboration with King's College London and the Universities of Bristol and Stirling. Key responsibilities of this 18-month position are to recruit and consent participants to the qualitative component of the project, conduct and analyse qualitative interviews with drug treatment and harm reduction service providers and people who inject drugs, and contribute to writing up the study reports, academic manuscripts and other outputs.

The study will be conducted in four case study sites (to be confirmed) around the UK. The study is led by Dr Alison Munro from the University of Dundee and includes researchers from the Universities of Stirling, Dundee, Bristol and Kings College London. The person appointed will be based at the National Addiction Centre, Kings College London, under the supervision of Professors Gail Gilchrist and Joanne Neale, and work across 2 of the 4 study sites.

The successful candidate will undertake standard research-related administrative tasks, including securing local study approvals; recruit and consent participants into the study; liaise with service providers and policy makers; conduct qualitative interviews and focus groups with service providers and service users; undertake qualitative data analysis, including managing data using software such as NVivo; and contribute to project publications, report writing, and other dissemination activities.

The job involves independent working and travel to research sites, requiring an NHS research passport, and DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) application for work with vulnerable adults. Due to coronavirus restrictions, research may, however, need to be conducted remotely.

This is a full-time post, a fixed term contract for 12 months, however two part-time posts will be considered.

Contact details: Gail Gilchrist or Joanne Neale , or 

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